Published 12/1/2010
Toya M. Sledd, MPH, MBA

Are you a physician champion for quality?

AAOS wants to know you!

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created numerous workgroups, panels, and committees focused on improving the quality of health care. That presents an excellent opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons to take “a seat at the table” and help to shape quality initiatives in the coming years.

Increasingly, the AAOS is being asked to recommend orthopaedic surgeons to serve on these quality improvement boards. With more than 25,000 members, however, it’s difficult to know who has what skills and to reach beyond the standard cadre of volunteers.

That’s why the AAOS has developed an “Activities in Quality Improvement Survey.” Initially distributed to all AAOS active fellows and candidate members via e-mail and fax in late October.

Simply enter your AAOS member number to access the 8-question survey. If you’ve been involved with any type of quality improvement activities—such as clinical practice guidelines, appropriate use criteria, registries, health information technology, utilization review, performance criteria, or patient safety issues—you’re just the kind of fellow the AAOS is seeking.

Your activities aren’t limited to the AAOS, either. Efforts through your hospital system, an insurance program, a not-for-profit endeavor, a specialty or medical society, or a government agency all help make you an orthopaedic champion for quality.

The quality survey will further assist the AAOS in helping to nurture physician champions and to heighten awareness of the efforts by orthopaedists in the national clinical quality improvement movement. A cadre of members qualified for future opportunities can help drive the development of strategic plans and platforms of healthcare reform and quality.

As more orthopaedic surgeons become involved as leaders in the quality movement, orthopaedic patients will receive better care. Respond online today, or request a hard copy of the survey that you can complete and fax back. Include your name, AAOS member identification number, and fax number in an e-mail with the subject line “AQI Survey Fax Copy” and send it to aaosresearch@aaos.org

Toya M. Sledd, MPH, MBA, is the clinical quality improvement coordinator in the office of government relations. She can be reached at sledd@aaos.org